Program Logistics

The Great Jewish Books Teacher Summer Seminar is held at the Yiddish Book Center in bucolic Amherst, Massachusetts, adjacent to the campus of Hampshire College. Each teacher accepted to the program receives a stipend of $3,000. Participants cover the cost of their own transportation to and from the Yiddish Book Center.

Housing Options

Participants can choose to stay in a Hampshire College dormitory, with the cost fully covered by the Yiddish Book Center.

Participants who prefer to stay off-campus can make their own arrangements and reservations at one of the many local hotels, inns, and B&Bs, or through a vacation rental-finder like AirBNB. Off-campus participants will be reimbursed for up to $1,100 in housing costs at the end of the seminar.

Dining Options

Participants can choose to eat their meals in the Hampshire College dining hall, which is adjacent to the Yiddish Book Center.

Participants who do not choose the dining hall option can obtain their own food. They will be reimbursed for up to $800 for food at the end of the seminar.

Bringing the Family

While we understand the challenges that a four-week residential program poses for parents, we encourage teachers with families to apply. The Amherst area is beautiful and family-friendly, full of opportunities for hiking, biking, and swimming. There are also many excellent day camps, and—thanks to the five local colleges—a lot of babysitters. With a rental home and the right childcare plan, the program could work for the whole family. For more information and resources about bringing your family, contact Lesley Yalen at [email protected]